BPC have received the results of the Consultative Ballot on Oil and Gas activities in the village which closed on the 20th February. The Oil Working Group will meet on Wednesday 26th February and form a recommendation on the Council’s future policy on hydrocarbon issues. This recommendation will be discussed by the Parish Council at an Extraordinary Meeting of the Council on Saturday 8th March. Balcombe Parish Council will not be issuing any statements on these results until such time as they have been discussed by the full Council.
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ERS Results Feb 2014
PEOPLE ADDED TO FEBRUARY 2014 ELECTORAL ROLL WILL BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN CONSULTATIVE BALLOT
If you haven’t yet received a ballot paper for the Consultative Ballot you should shortly. BUT you need to return it IMMEDIATELY. It MUST still reach Electoral Reform Services by the 20th FEBRUARY.
The Consultative Ballot was and is intended to include everybody on the Balcombe Electoral Roll.
Originally Balcombe Parish Council (BPC) was informed that Cuadrilla’s new planning application would be submitted to, and validated by, West Sussex County Council by the end of September 2013. On this basis the ballot was set up to take place closing on 7th November, using the September 2013 Electoral Roll. For reasons unknown to BPC then followed nearly four months of delay during which BPC was informed regularly that validation of the application was imminent. The ballot, for which the forms had already been printed, had to be postponed until this was done.
The application was finally validated and entered the public domain on 22nd January 2014. The ballot forms were reprinted and despatched with a new closing date of 20th February.
In soon became apparent that there are a significant number of current residents of Balcombe whose names do not appear on the September 2013 Electoral Roll. Initially it appeared that, as the next version of the Electoral Roll will not be published until 17th February, there was nothing that could be done to enable these people to participate in the ballot.
However BPC persuaded Mid Sussex District Council to provide lists of the names and addresses of people who will be added to the February 2014 Electoral Roll, and those who will be removed.
With the cooperation of Electoral Reform Services, ballot forms will today be sent by first class post to everybody whose name is to be added to the February 2014 Electoral Roll. Unfortunately the time available for these people to respond will be short but provided they return the ballot forms within 24 hours of receiving them they should reach ERS by the deadline of 20th February.
As you may have noticed, the ballot forms are numbered. This will enable ERS to reject any forms received from people whose names are to be removed in the February 2014 Electoral Roll. Their views will not be included in the numbers reported to BPC.
The Parish Council would like to make it clear that it has not sent out any printed matter, or made any statement in any media, that attempts to influence public opinion relating to the Consultative Ballot. We are aware that interested groups in the village are making representations and canvassing but none of this emanates from Balcombe Parish Council.
Balcombe Parish Council has not and will not attempt to influence how anybody responds.
Please do return the Consultative Ballot by the due date.
West Sussex County Council Letter 23 January 2014
THE TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990
COUNTY MATTER MINERAL APPLICATION
Application Number: WSCC/005/14/BA
Location: Lower Stumble Hydrocarbon Exploration Site, London Road, Balcombe, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6JH
Proposal: Temporary permission for exploration and appraisal comprising the flow testing and monitoring of the existing hydrocarbon lateral borehole along with site security fencing, the provision of an enclosed testing flare and site restoration.
Applicant: Cuadrilla Balcombe Limited
Grid Reference: 531022 129238
To be determined by: 23 April 2014
The application can be seen on line at: http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/eplanning
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BALCOMBE YOUTH CLUB
Monday 13 January 7.00 – 9.00 pm
The Youth Club will start again on Monday 13 January 2014 with a launch party at 7pm. Please come along and help shape the activities and events that you would like.
South East Water are installing a new water main in Lindfield High Street from 20 January for approximately 13 weeks which will mean that it will be closed with diversions around and about the neighbouring villages, including Balcombe. Please be aware that there will be increased traffic during this period. For a map of the diversion, please see out dedicated webpage: http://www.southeastwater.co.uk/lindfieldandhaywardsheath